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A Hard Rain 2002 by Dean Wesley Smith is a Star Trek novel focused almost entirely on Captain Jean Luc Picard as 1940 s private eye Dixon Hill The real world Enterprise is danger all ship s systems are offline because of the the ship s proximity to the Blackness The engines are working and the ship is drifting towards certain destruction Commander Data and Geordie LaForge have been working like fiends to develop a device that will counteract the effects of the Blackness and go to the h A Hard Rain 2002 by Dean Wesley Smith is a Star Trek novel focused almost entirely on Captain Jean Luc Picard as 1940 s private eye Dixon Hill The real world Enterprise is danger all ship s systems are offline because of the the ship s proximity to the Blackness The engines are working and the ship is drifting towards certain destruction Commander Data and Geordie LaForge have been working like fiends to develop a device that will counteract the effects of the Blackness and go to the holodeck to do test runs of the device Butthe effects of the Blackness is such that their test program is taken over by the last holodeck program run Which just happens to be the captain s Dixon Hill program The device s main component known hereafter as the Heart of the Adjuster goes missing and it s up to Dixon Hill the Captain , Data, and Beverly Crusher to take on the gangsters of the 1940s and find out who stole the Heart before the Enterprise is destroyed.Occasionally, the writing flows smoothly but mostly the story is wooden as is the dialogue and the book as a whole is pretty much a mess The best part of the whole novel is Data quoting from all sorts of detective crime novels from the Mack Bolan Executioner series to Inspector French to various fictional detectives created expressly to mention in the Dixon Hill story It also appears to be a recycle of the STNG episode The Big Goodbye even down to one of the team getting shot and the holodeck safety measures being off line so the man s life really is in danger In The Big Goodbye Dixon Hill was apparently hired to find a mysterious object In this story Captain Picard as Dixon Hill is hunting for the Heart of the Adjuster which his crew in the real world actually needs There s also a Whelan character who seems to be an echo of the Dr Whalen who joined Picard, Beverly, and Data on the holodeck in the television episode If it s meant to be an homage to that episode, it lacks the crisp dialogue and the freshness of the script Not to mention that the solution of the mystery is downright silly Andspeaking of the Adjuster, Captain Picard and company seem to have lost a fair amount of their scientific smarts This gizmo Picard s word, not mine that is some sort of important object that Data and Geordie need to fix what s wrong with the Enterprise is officially called an Adjuster That s some fancy, high tech lingo right there Doesn t even sound like Star Trek technobabble And why do they need an Adjuster to fix what s wrong Why because the Blackness yes, friends, another high tech word for the unknown astronomical field they encounter is causing the ship s systems to go haywire I can be just as technical as the next guy, let me tell you Another little pet peevehow many times are we going to call Dr Beverly Crusher the Luscious Bev I mean, seriously It doesn t even sound natural for Picard s hardboiled Dixon Hill character.Not recommended at all either as a Star Trek novel or as a mystery.First posted on my blog My Reader s Block Please request permission before reposting Thanks This is a story taking place almost entirely in the Dixon Hill universe On its own, it could be a fun, enjoyable read But the Dixon Hill story is linked to something happening to the Enterprise in the 24th century That connection is tenuous at best and almost tedious at worst Interspersed with Captain s Log entries, the Dixon Hill story takes twists and turns before it finally merges with the 24th century mystery By that point, however, it s too late to redeem the story And the finaleth This is a story taking place almost entirely in the Dixon Hill universe On its own, it could be a fun, enjoyable read But the Dixon Hill story is linked to something happening to the Enterprise in the 24th century That connection is tenuous at best and almost tedious at worst Interspersed with Captain s Log entries, the Dixon Hill story takes twists and turns before it finally merges with the 24th century mystery By that point, however, it s too late to redeem the story And the finalethe less said about it, the better The idea of a Dixon Hill novel seems like a good idea in theory however, Dean Wesley Smith s A Hard Rain fails miserably in that category The Dixon Hill story is called the The Case of the Missing Heart which plays out twofold as the holodeck malfunctions again the Enterprise is caught in an area of space known as the Blackness The story itself is essentially written as a bad murder mystery with the primary players being Picard as Dixon Hill, Beverly as Bev Data as Mr Data The main The idea of a Dixon Hill novel seems like a good idea in theory however, Dean Wesley Smith s A Hard Rain fails miserably in that category The Dixon Hill story is called the The Case of the Missing Heart which plays out twofold as the holodeck malfunctions again the Enterprise is caught in an area of space known as the Blackness The story itself is essentially written as a bad murder mystery with the primary players being Picard as Dixon Hill, Beverly as Bev Data as Mr Data The main plot itself aboard the Enterprise is done through a series of captain s log entries which make references to the other crew members, but don t use them at all with the entire story being set in the fictional world of Dixon Hill Smith completely misses the boat with a concept that has been done at times before the resolution to the crisis the novel is a farce at best could ve put to better use these characters who only appeared on screen twice in 7 years Skip this unless you are a fan of the series itself not a fan of Dixon Hill This almost made it to three stars despite it s goofiness, but it was ultimately unsatisfying I don t know who approved of calling Dr Crusher The Luscious Bev nearly every time she s mentioned, but it was a terrible mistake Next, having the holodeck characters come back to life as part of the malfunction was unnecessary and made everything very low stakes The resolution, which I won t give away, was just plain dumb Then the only really intriguing mystery goes unresolved Honestly, now I m This almost made it to three stars despite it s goofiness, but it was ultimately unsatisfying I don t know who approved of calling Dr Crusher The Luscious Bev nearly every time she s mentioned, but it was a terrible mistake Next, having the holodeck characters come back to life as part of the malfunction was unnecessary and made everything very low stakes The resolution, which I won t give away, was just plain dumb Then the only really intriguing mystery goes unresolved Honestly, now I m rethinking that second star At least it was short.We discussed The Big Goodbye andin this special Trek themed episode of the All the Books Show Dixon Hill has a case to solve The Enterprise has lost an experiment in the holodeck The Dixon Hill story is a lot of fun, and the way it is told is different from your normal Trek books You don t really know what happened until near the end, and that meant that there were 2 mysteries Though I do wonder about the holodeck sometimes as it always goes wrong If you enjoy the Dixon Hill episodes, then this is the book for you A good read. Wasn t too keen on this at all But I did decide to finish it instead of putting it down after a few pages I hoped the story would improve but it didn t Didn t like the way Data was portrayed as a 1 dimensional idiot and as for Luscious Bev and her high heels It was downright disrespectful to a well qualified intelligent character I know it was only a fantasy within a sci fi novel but I felt it took too many liberties with well established characters This is not a good book, and it s an awful Star Trek book It s a holodeck episode, and those are usually the worst episodes Trek can do genres other than sci fi witness the police procedural of Christopher L Bennett sWatching the Clockor the political diary that isArticles of the Federationby Keith R.A DeCandido but this, a gritty detective noir, just doesn t work I can see that a Dixon Hill book could be interesting, but combining it with a ticking doomsday clock is tiresom This is not a good book, and it s an awful Star Trek book It s a holodeck episode, and those are usually the worst episodes Trek can do genres other than sci fi witness the police procedural of Christopher L Bennett sWatching the Clockor the political diary that isArticles of the Federationby Keith R.A DeCandido but this, a gritty detective noir, just doesn t work I can see that a Dixon Hill book could be interesting, but combining it with a ticking doomsday clock is tiresome, and none of the supporting cast seem to have any real characterisation I will say that the solution is unexpected yet also set up, but the whole thing just leaves a bit of a poor taste in the mouth A full review to be posted on my blog keeperofwords.netThis will be a short review and off the cuff thoughts that I have this story as a whole is built upon malfunctions from the hollow deck and also how the crew responds and explores the malfunctions of the holodeck the story starts out strong but has repetitive plot points where the characters often spend a chapter following leads only to get no further and I m constantly reminded that time is running out and there s a sense of urgency I en A full review to be posted on my blog keeperofwords.netThis will be a short review and off the cuff thoughts that I have this story as a whole is built upon malfunctions from the hollow deck and also how the crew responds and explores the malfunctions of the holodeck the story starts out strong but has repetitive plot points where the characters often spend a chapter following leads only to get no further and I m constantly reminded that time is running out and there s a sense of urgency I enjoyed the captains logs that Picard uses to explain what is going on outside the holodeck but, the meat of the story takes place in the holodeck the story is a spinoff of what happened in the episode The Big Goodbye in Star trek TNG and it s also kind of a continuation of Dickson hills detective agency stories Picard plays Dixon Hill in A Hard Rain as well as Data and Beverley Crusher who both return from the episode as well as others All in all it s quick and nostalgic fun for those who wantfrom Dixon Hill as a character and if you enjoyed The Big Goodbye this one could provide enjoyment as a quick read for a super boring weekend where stranded in the middle of nowhere and this book is the only substantial form of entertainment {DOWNLOAD KINDLE} ⚧ A Hard Rain é A clever, page turning thriller in which the world of the Starship Enterprise and the holodeck world of s San Francisco entertwine It was raining in the city by the bay A hard rain Hard enough to wash the slime out of the streets and back into the holes they crawled out of In the hardboiled style of a classic West Coast crime novel, HARD RAIN seamlessly blends the real world of the USS Enterprise with the fictional version of San Francisco , as seen by Captain Jean Luc Picard s own holodeck creation, detective Dixon Hill The story begins with the Enterprise stuck in an anomaly, warping both space and time so that for every minute the ship is trapped, a month goes by in normal time The only piece of equipment that can get the ship safely home has been stolen by gangsters in the Dixon Hill holodeck program Captain Picard, as Dixon Hill, ventures into this San Francisco world to confront the ruthless crime boss and retrieve the crucial item Soon after, the first of a series of murders on the Enterprise occurs and the murder weapon is found to be a revolver fromEarth Who is behind the murders All the clues are given All the suspects are given Readers wi A clever page turning thriller the book blurb says laughing Oh, wait, it was serious Let me laugh harder Oh GOD this book was terrible DULL Horribly paced and plotted Nothing mysterious about this mystery and nothing thrilling about it This novel was weak, at BEST, and I had begun with high hopes for it since it sounded like a great idea Dean Wesley Smith may make a fine editor he oversaw the Star Trek Strange New Worlds contest for 10 years , but his writing leaves a lot to be de A clever page turning thriller the book blurb says laughing Oh, wait, it was serious Let me laugh harder Oh GOD this book was terrible DULL Horribly paced and plotted Nothing mysterious about this mystery and nothing thrilling about it This novel was weak, at BEST, and I had begun with high hopes for it since it sounded like a great idea Dean Wesley Smith may make a fine editor he oversaw the Star Trek Strange New Worlds contest for 10 years , but his writing leaves a lot to be desired I finished this one page turning out of sheer desperation that somehow it would all be worth it by the end Alas, it was all in vain Maybe this would have worked much better as a short story, it would force the writer to beconcise and tight As it is though, it s a total waste of time and money